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Sivorn is a cleaner from Cambodia who needs $229 to fund eye surgery.

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July 2, 2020

Sivorn is a 62-year-old cleaner from Cambodia. She is the oldest of five siblings. She lives with her brother and sister and helps take care of their home. In her free time, she likes watching dramas on TV, and enjoys going to Church near her community.

Five years ago, Sivorn developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her tearing, blurry vision, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Sivorn learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two-and-a-half hours seeking treatment. On July 2nd, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Sivorn said, “I hope after surgery I will be able to see everything better. I hope I can do all my work myself and look after my brother and sister well. I want to cook food for them, and clean up their house more easily.”

Sivorn is a 62-year-old cleaner from Cambodia. She is the oldest of five siblings. She lives with her brother and sister and helps take care...

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Sivorn's Timeline

  • July 2, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sivorn was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • July 02, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sivorn received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. Medical partners often provide care to patients accepted by Watsi before those patients are fully funded, operating under the guarantee that the cost of care will be paid for by donors.

  • July 02, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sivorn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 16, 2020
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Sivorn's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Sivorn is currently raising funds for her treatment.

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Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Sivorn's treatment
Hospital Fees
$48
Medical Staff
$141
Medication
$0
Supplies
$40
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Patients with cataracts experience decreased vision, discomfort, and irritation. Cataracts occur when the lens inside the eye becomes cloudy, causing functional blindness. These changes in the lens commonly occur with increasing age and therefore affect elderly people. Cataracts can also be congenital or traumatic.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

The decreased vision from cataracts can cause functional blindness. This makes it difficult for the patient to conduct daily activities. Patients often need a family member to help guide and care for them. If the patient is elderly, this often affects a young child in the family. When a grandmother needs help getting around, a young child is often assigned to help with her daily tasks. That child cannot go to school.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

In many countries in the developing world, surgical services are inadequate. Cataracts remain the leading cause of blindness globally. Even where surgical services are available, barriers to surgery remain, including cost, shortage of human resources, poor infrastructure, and limited awareness about access to available services.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Cataract surgery is the most common surgery performed worldwide. Surgeons remove the cloudy lens and place a clear lens implant in its place.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

A patient's vision can improve to 20/20 within one day after the surgery.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Cataract surgery is highly effective and carries a low risk.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Cataract surgery is available in most areas of Cambodia. However, free surgery is not as widely available.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Some debilitating effects of cataracts can be improved with glasses. When the cataract becomes mature, however, the only definitive treatment is surgical.

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